Can my twins sleep in the same crib?
Can my twins sleep in the same crib?
Submitted by American Baby Team

Yes -- plan to put your newborns to sleep side by side in the same crib for the first few months. (If you'll be keeping them in your room in a bassinet, each baby will need his own.) When the babies start wiggling around, you should move them into their own cribs, but keep them in the same room where they can see and hear each other. Multiples have a special bond and are used to being together. When one of your babies wakes up to be fed in the middle of the night, wake up the other one after you're done if it's within half an hour of his normal feeding time. It's hard to wake a sleeping baby, but if you don't do this, you will be constantly tending to babies and won't get any sleep. --Pamela Kramer

Originally published in American Baby magazine, December 2002. Updated 2009

Answered by American Baby Team
Community Answers (4)

While it is definitely ok for twins to sleep in the same crib, I found that my twin boys slept better from very early on when in separate cribs. I think mainly b/c their movements would disturb each other and cause them to wake up. Now they are 6months and sleep well in their own cribs.
Submitted by TwinMommy_0906

Yes they can... I have 5-month-old twin girls and I had them in bassinets until about a couple of weeks ago. TRUST ME.. you will want them to sleep seperete until they start sleeping for longer amounts of time.. now one baby sleeps in our room and the other in their shared room because when one wake up to eat they often wake up the other and it may start to drive you crazy and you'll be bouncing around all night! You'll learn overtime what works for you!
Submitted by ssjs61611

I always said i never wanted my twins to sleep in the same bed, but was suprised when the nurses pushed them in the room in the same bassinet. She said the older one would not stop crying until he was put next to the other. From then on they slept in the same bed until they started to roll over. Then they started climbing out thier cribs into eachothers bed and now at the age of five still sleep with eachother.
Submitted by special_k_mommy